Niamh Ní Charra – Fiddle, Concertina, Vocals (Irish and English)
Niamh Ní Charra hails from Killarney, Ireland, where she started playing music at the age of 4, under the tutelage of renowned local musician Nicky McAuliffe.
A multiple award winner on both fiddle and concertina, she toured for 8 years as a soloist with Riverdance, performing in over 2500 shows, before returning to Ireland where she is now based.
She released her debut album "Ón Dá Thaobh / From Both Sides" in 2007 to much critical acclaim - it was the only Irish album on MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007. She received the "Best Trad Music Act 2008" award from UK publicationThe Irish World, and "Best Fiddle/Violin 2008" by the American based Irish Music Association. Late last year she released her second album "Súgach Sámh / Happy Out"again to rave reviews - it was listed in NY Journalist Earle Hitchner's Top 30 albumsfor 2010, and as "probably the best album of 2010" in Irish Music Magazine.
She was nominated for "Top Solo Performer 2011" in the Irish Music Awards and in January 2012 was awarded "Female Musician of the Year 2012" in the Live Ireland Music Awards. These awards, compiled by respected and renowned industry critic Bill Margeson, are (along with TG4) the most eagerly anticipated Irish Traditional Music Awards of the year.
Along with touring extensively as a solo artist and with her own band, Niamh has also performed and recorded with The Chieftains, and with Carlos Núñez. and recently released a new album "The Basque Irish Connection", in collaboration with Basque musician Ibon Koteron. She has taught both fiddle and concertina and regularly gives workshops and masterclasses.